World Prison Brief


World Prison Brief (WPB) is a unique database that provides free access to information about prison systems throughout the world. Country information is updated on a monthly basis, using data largely derived from governmental or other official sources. The WPB also presents ‘highest to lowest’ country lists, enabling country-by-country and regional comparisons to be made of prison population rates and totals, occupancy rates, and proportions of pre-trial/remand prisoners, female prisoners and foreign prisoners. WPB data are regularly relied on by monitoring bodies and regional standards agencies, national governments, journalists, civil society organisations, economists, academics and social researchers.  The data are used as indicators of human development and for purposes of international comparison on the use of imprisonment. 

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